Wilkes University Biology Professor William Terzaghi of Kingston, Pa., lectured at four universities and held three workshops while on a two-week academic trip to China. From June 12-June 27, Terzaghi travelled to universities in Beijing, Wuhan, and Nanjing, delivering his well-received lecture and demonstrating proper manuscript preparation to graduate students. Drs. Xing Wang Deng and Haiyang Wang, both of Yale University, helped to arrange the trip.
Terzaghi flew into Beijing and delivered the first of four lectures on the topic “Studying the Molecular Basis of Hybrid Vigor” and one workshop at the Peking-Yale Joint Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Agro-Biotechnology, a division of Peking University.
Other lectures and workshops were delivered at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences’ Crop Research Institute in Beijing, the Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan and the Nanjing Agricultural University.
During his travels, Terzaghi visited several important Chinese heritage sites such as the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, The Temple of the Yellow Crane in Wuhan, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum in Nanjing. He was also the guest of honor at several banquets organized by his university hosts.
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences honored Terzaghi by appointing him an honorary professor. He is discussing with the academy the possibility of him teaching a short summer course to Chinese graduate students and of sending a Wilkes University student to conduct summer studies at the academy.